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What was your Most Dependable Bulletproof Car

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by CalvinMD, Jan 29, 2012.

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  1. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    Ok we know what most peoples favorite cars were and their worst lemons,..but now what car/truck was your most bulletproof...I've had some that just couldn't be killed...for me I had two trucks and 2 cars I just couldn't wear out...2 I bought...2 were inherited as hand me downs ...#1 was a 68 Impala with a 327/Powerglide...#2 was a 71 GMC 2500 with a 307 4spd granny gear..made lots of money cutting down trees and splitting/hauling firewood. It is still running today with well over 400K miles with the only thing replaced in the motor was a timing chain/gearset and my friend uses it in his marina as a yard truck to yank boats in and out of the water for his slip renters. #3 78 Pontiac TransAm 400ci 4spd #4 92 F150 300 Inline 6 auto overdrive..rode like a Lincoln because the bed was always full..traded it in just because I got bored waiting for it to wear out..288K...I ran it the last 4years on used oil...took the dirty Mobil 1 out of my "good" fancy car and dumped it in the truck with a new filter twice a year...it never burned a drop ever
     
  2. LUGNUTZ426

    LUGNUTZ426 TS Member

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    PUT 180,000 MILES ON A SLANT SIX PLYMOUTH DUSTER. BRAKES TIRES BATTERY AND OIL CHANGES ....THATS IT.
     
  3. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    My other car is a loaded 2002 Buick Regal LS with a naturally-aspirated 3800 Series II V6. In 130,000 miles, it has needed front brakes three times, rears once (at 128,000), both front hub & bearing assemblies and one coolant pump. That's it. I'm keeping it until it dies - or my wife gets tired of driving it and I have a feeling that will happen first.

    Ed
     
  4. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    sounds like my brothers high school and college car..a 72 Gold Duster 318..unkillable...but it looked as good when he gave it to my uncle in 84 as the day he got it in 76
     
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    99 Camry 325,000 miles, still going
     
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    a 1988 camry that went 390,000 with nothing but oil & one timing belt, two subarus with a zillion miles still going.
     
  7. slayer

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    In 1975 I drove a '69 Volvo to Alaska and sold it for twice what I paid for it. It had 129000 on it when I bought it. Well over 200k when i sold it. I had to put a tune up and a clutch on it. The clutch was probably due to my driving habits. Literally a bulletproof tank. Bill
     
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    1995 Tahoe (first year mfg).
     
  9. noknock1

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    My dad's bullet proof car would be a 1977 Caprice Classic with a 305- 2 barrel. He retired it at just over 222,000 miles because the body was so rusted. The motor was fine and didn't burn oil. He has always been a 2000 mile oil change guy though no matter what!

    I learned to drive in that four door caprice and as a teenager on country roads I know that I gave it hell with no apparent effects...
     
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    I guess this one.
     
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    from 1968
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  12. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    ebsurveyor, I have a 1951 Dodge M37 in my garage, same as your photos but without the commo shelter. Need to get that project finished and on the road. Mine will be painted and lettered for my dad's unit in the Korean War.

    Also have a '71 Toyota FJ40 that has been modified with a Chevy V8. Use it in very rough terrain, and some of the areas I hunt in require fording streams, flooded roads and fording irrigation canals. It's bulletproof, but it is also old and things do go wrong. It's never failed to get me home, though.

    As far as most reliable car, it was a 1985 Ford Crown Vic wagon, which was a company car issued to me. The ONLY thing that needed repair in 80,000 miles was a diode in the alternator. Very comfortable car, nice for long road trips. Had to beef up the rear springs because of all the tools and equipment I carried.
     
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    All excellent vehicles over many, many miles.

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    1968 f250 4wd straight 6 160,000 miles Rusted out, Ford F250 2wd 360 engine 145,000 miles old age. 1973 Ford LTD 400 engine 125,000 T-boned by a drunk but still running, 1968 Ford XL 390 engine 220,000 3 rust holes in frame and still running, 1969 Ford wagon 429 engine 167,000 miles engine and trans had to many problems, 1990 Volvo 740 wagon 241,000 miles still running, 1990 VW Jetta 4 banger still running with over 200,000 miles. 1960 Studemaker Champ pick up old age but still running. That truck would go any where. 1964 Ford Falcon straight 6 three on the tree rust killed the car with 150,000 miles. We did take care of the cars and truck by changing the oil and other parts as needed.
     
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    I've never kept a GM product very long due to problems. Exception was a 1969 Bonneville 389 that I sold to a friend at 140,000 miles and was still going strong. 1989 Tbird and 1997 F150 and traded both at 130 miles, both were excellent vehicles. Jackie B.
     
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    1972 Mercury Monterey. V8-AT-PS-PB-AC. Gave it to my son with 165k on the clock. He put another 35k on it and sold it for $750 to a college buddy in 1988. Could still be running today for all I know.

    Eric
     
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    '96 Toyota 4-Runner. I gave it an oil change every once in a while and had to put an $80 part in it, Had 18,000 miles on it when I bought it and 218,000 miles on it when I sold it 4 years ago to a guy who still driving it. Then I bought the worst car ever; '03 Audi A4. Funnest car I ever drove but it cost me dearly to keep that thing running and it always needed fixing.
     
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    1988 F250 w/ 7.3L Naturally aspirated Diesel. Had the 5 spd Manual. This one was near the end for the FORD Norfolk assembly plant.
     
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    1989 Mercury Cougar, 247,000 miles when we gave it to our daughter. She drove it for 3 more years. Or it could be our 2002 F250 Diesel, we currently have 329,000+ miles. I still trust it to take me anywhere I want to go. Tim
     
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    Tie • 1948 Dodge sedan w/Fluid Drive transmission.

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